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be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
a vote on chuck hagel, president obama's choice to replace pea any ta. the committee wants more information about hagel's finances. >>> and news that the postal service is cutting back mail delivery to five days a week is not sitting well in rural areas of the country or with letter carriers but the post master carrier said it's a choice the service had to make. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: no more mail on saturdays. to save money, the u.s. postal service is ending saturday first-class mail delivery beginning in august. many customers saw this day coming. >> i think it's probably long overdue because they've been having so many budget issues. >> i've been doing everything online for a really long time so i don't think it's necessarily going impact my world. >> reporter: over the past six years the postal service lost $41 billion despite laying off 35% of its work force. >> it would be irresponsible for the postal service not to pursue this course. we are in a situation where we are obligated to make some tough choices and decisions. >> local post offices with saturd
hillary clinton, chuck hagel, leon panetta and now john brennan. are they getting what they want out of this, which is basically to try to put some mud on the president's record? >> absolutely. i think that's been the clear goal. >> i think actually not. if you look particularly at the hearings of chuck hagel and hillary clinton, you see a lot of basically republican free lansing going on. i was surprised at how the lack of collective, thoughtful questioning -- you would have thought that they would have gotten in behind closed doors beforehand and said, what's our line of questioning going to be, what is second kwengs and thoughtful? in fact, that wasn't the case which is why hillary clinton most vividly gave as good as she got and came out on the winning side. i think hagel, given his inconsistencies came away unscarred. i think it's also interesting, most folks may not know this, the suggestion made yesterday by dianne feinstein of having another court look at this stuff, well, she made that suggestion that at the very moment a particular federal judge, who i happen to know is sit
of this face two moments up on capitol hill. a senate committee may vote to confirm chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator
hagel into the defense post he's nominated for in president obama's cabinet and yesterday they left town for nine days. joining me now jake sherman, congressional reporter, molly bald, national political reporter at "the atlantic." molly, today's "new york times" california democrat barbara boxer likened the block that republicans like texas senator ted cruz have put on chuck hagel to mccarthyism. what was the point of prolonging this hagel vote until after everyone reconvenes? >> well, i think that republicans started out with some legitimate questions about this, and they would say they're just trying to get those answered and need more time. it was harry reid who called this vote as sort of an attempt to call their bluff saying this is enough, you're delaying this for no reason but i don't think this is going to help the republicans' image especially when they're going around saying we're not actually trying to stop this nomination. we're not actually filibustering, so what are they doing? i think especially for people who are sick of the sort of washington games, this isn't a good im
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his remarks on benghazi. do you think hagel's confirmation will go ahead more swiftly that leon panetta has been there to testify? >> one of the requests made by a number of republicans was for a hearing on benghazi. there's a legitimate and urgent concern about protecting our state department personnel, public servants abroad. i recently returned from a trip with senators mccain and graham and others, bipartisan trip, and we saw very directly the potential threats to our state department and other personnel. so i think there is an effort and it's articulated and reflected in today's hearing that this kind of review precede the confirmation of senator hagel. i believe he will be confirmed. that vote will probably be next week in the senate armed services committee where i serve, and i think that there has been little shifting of democratic support and obviously a statement by senator mccain that he would not filibuster it. so i think the chances are very high he will be confirmed. >> one thing that's been pointed to me is general dempsey will acknowledge that the u.s. military d
deal. >> it is. very big deal. >> chuck hagel to become the next defense secretary 24 hours ago the chairman of the senate armed committee said they are not going to vote on his confirmation today and spoke to carl levin and said this. >> we can't not vote because there's dissatisfaction on the part of the people because that would be endless. we're going to schedule a vote as soon as we're ready to have a vote. i think this confirmation looks very much on track to me. >> so what are the republicans trying to achieve? >> here's what's interesting. we have the two confirmation hearings going on. brennan you saw today defending the drone strikes, for example. you see with chuck hagel where he has to defend himself. it's not the administration, because he has become the target here. what republicans are trying to do and they've asked for more information, financial information regarding corporations or entities that hagel has been affiliated with and whether they have any foreign investment. they are asking for this more paperwork and what they are trying to do is build momentum ag
committee postponed a vote on chuck hagel. the reason, republicans want more of hagel's financial information, compensation for speechers the former republican senator gave after leaving office. hagel appears to have enough senate to break a possible filibuster and ultimately be confirmed but again it has been delayed for now. >>> chris christie is furious after former white house aide said she's concerned his weight problem might cause him to die in office. christie's response to the doctor "shut up" he says. jim acosta joins us live from washington. the governor quite blunt didn't appreciate it when the doctor was equally blunt, jim. >> no, i think, john, the governor would like a second opinion after all of this. chris christie responded to a former white house doctor's warnings about the new jersey governor's health calling the doctor as you mentioned a "hack" and telling her to "shut up." it started earlier when the potential presidential contender appeared on "the late show with david letterman" joked about his weight and took a bite from a doughnut, that concerned former wh
and a lot of it depends on hagel's confirmation. >> that vote is supposed to be next week sometime, right? >> yes, that is suppose pod be next week, but some folks on capitol hill said they did not want to confirm him until they talk to the current secretary about benghazi, so that the timing was not coincidental. >> and was secretary panetta update about how he is leaving and handing the defense department over to the successor? >> yes, he is proud of the record, and we talked a little bit about the legacy and how he looked at his term. but he is also happy, because this man has done long time service and at the cia as well for this administration and other administrations, and i think that he is excited to be going back home to california. >> he has worked hard and given a lot to the country as a public service, and going back to being a congressman from california and budget director in the clinton administration, and white house chief of staff and now cia director and defense secretary, and he deserves a little r&r. >> he is looking happy about going home to california. >> caramel, ca
by leon panetta, a few days before he is scheduled to step down and chuck hagel scheduled to take over. this is the ultimate, taking a sacrosanct military pay and putting it in congress's court. you don't have a budget plan, fine, we don't have the money. >> barbara starr with a cnn exclusive. thank you. talkback question today, should the u.s. be able to kill american terror suspects without trial? facebook.com/carol cnn or tweet me @carolcnn. >>> now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day, the question for you, should the united states be able to kill american terrorist suspects without trial? the constitution is like our secular bible and it's sixth amendment guarantees every american accused of a crime to trial by jury except maybe for americans suspected of terrorism who are live agg broad. a justice department memo says the government has the right to kill an american citizen overseas, if senior operational leader of al qaeda and poses a quote imflent threat. the white house says such killings are justified. >> this is giving the legal justification for
secretary leon panetta. i believe it's over at the pentagon and of course chuck hagel taking his place pretty soon. >> this is "the bill press show." [ music ] >> good morning, everybody. great to see you today on a friday, friday february 8th. thanks so much for joining us here on the "full-court press," coming to you life on current tv, all across this great land of ours. what we are going to do is bring you up to date on the big stories of the day here from our nation's capitol. >> that's where you will find us, right on capitol hill, or around the country, around the globe, wherever it's happening, whatever is meaningful, whatever is news of the day. we will tell you all about and take your calls at 866-55-press of the a few of the things we'll cover, john brennan grilled by members of the committee ron wyden will be here to tell us about it. not sooner had ray lewis resigned than his son signed up. we will talk to cindy boren from the washington post and how much trouble is bob men endez in? mellony sloan for citizens for responsibilities and ethics in
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